Restorative Physiology Group is actively engaged in the development of novel spinal implants based upon the ThermalMethod™ of deployment. This technology leverages cardiovascular stent technology and allows “controlled, ordered, and sequential” transition of thermally active shape memory materials. This method is capable of reliably transitioning a low temperature simple linear form (like a wire) into a pre-determined complex 3-dimensional shape at human body temperature.
This technique is the basis for development of a variety of implantable medical devices. Devices based upon ThermalMethod technology have functional, structural, and size characteristics equivalent to current devices that must be placed using an open surgical technique. Unlike other minimally invasive implant designs that still require fairly large straight access pathways, our implants are placed utilizing the “Least Invasive” access instrumentation and are full sized, full function devices when thermally transitioned in situ.